Community in Action November 30, 2020

Tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday.” This is one way Non-profits have given us an opportunity  to consider an alternative way to celebrate Christmas. As we have just passed “Black Friday” and we are in the midst of “Cyber Monday” I think it is important to consider “Giving Tuesday.”

    One way our own family tried to counter the buying frenzy associated with Christmas while our kids were at home was to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. December 6th is the day in some counties they acknowledge the Bishop of Myra who was an inspiration for Santa Claus.

    St. Nicholas was known to care for orphans and people in need. He would have wooden toys carved for children, give them warm clothing, provide coins to families who couldn’t afford a dowry for their daughters to be wed, and feed the hungry.

    We in turn would fill the stockings Joan had knitted for each of our children with a wooden toy, warm mittens or socks, oranges and peppermint candies, “gold” chocolate coins, and either leave a note about money we had given to mission agency feeding the homeless or leave a food box on the doorstep of the home of someone in need (can’t very well to that part of the tradition any more).

    This would break up the focus of Christmas being the time of presents to receive. The retail stores were devastated by the way we sabotaged their marketing strategies during Christmas time, I wish!!

    Oh yes, there were still presents under the tree, even one from Santa, but we tried to cut down on the mound of gift wrapping and presents by having some more practical gifts as we honored the legacy of this Sainted Christian Man earlier in the month.

    So, in some ways I am thankful for the “marketing strategy” of “Giving Tuesday.” It reminds me continually that we aren’t here to just fulfill each person’s wish for Christmas, but giving to others is an important part of Christmas. Just as God gave us his most precious gift of Jesus.

    Please consider how your household will honor this legacy and which Non-profit agency you could donate to this season. A little or a lot could make a big difference in the life of someone who isn’t sure how they are going to celebrate Christmas this year.

    Who knows maybe you can celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 6th as we did with spaghetti, french bread, salad, and gingerbread boys and girls for dessert. It has become a tradition worth remembering.


    Pastor Randy

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